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User currently offlineDeltacvg From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 12 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4029 times:

I've flown quite often in my day, more especially since 9/11. However, I have not experienced a worse airport for security lines than BWI. I don't understand the reasoning for this. Maybe it's because SW is there with a "lax" atmosphere? I don't know? I do know that some other major airports have great leadership and are designed better and flow smoothly. Maybe it's just the military in me and I'm inpatient, but I see a poor setup and lot of lazyness!

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User currently offlineNtspelich From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3975 times:

Everyday as I walk past the security lines, I too can't help but think that the lines at BWI seem pretty bad. I think it's because of two reasons though. 1.) they typically only have two metal detectors/x-rays going at anytime, at least on the B and C piers, although there's seven on the C pier that they could be using (I can't recall how many on B off the top of my head.) 2.) The way that the line zig-zags back and forth so tightly seems to be horribly ineffective. However, like most airports, the airport/security point was designed pre-9/11 and had to be modified to fit today's world. They just weren't able to come up with a good system for it. Maybe they need a Brit to come in and teach us how to queue properly.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

BTW, I was at MDW yesterday and glad to see that they got rid of the moving sidewalks going towards the checkpoint. Did that eever make getting through security much easier.

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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3943 times:

when did they get rid of the moving sidwalks at MDW? Are they planning any modifications in terms of easing the security line dliemna?

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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3883 times:

In case you're curious, here's a topic somewhat similar to yours that was started in the Polls and Prefs Forum:

Anyway, LGA and ORD seem to have the worse security lines IMO. Security seems to be a bit more vigilant at LGA (I can only imagine what JFK would be like nowadays, haven't flown out of there in a while) as they tend to open up almost everyone who goes through the lines. ORD's security lines seem to run much smoother... primarily due to multiple lines being open at the same time almost all the time in the daytime hours.

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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3863 times:

I'd have to say that BWI and ATL take the cake. Their chief problem is that there is only one central set of security lines for a large part of the airport. This is a problem in many older airports; the design just wasn't made for the post-9/11 world.

IAH is also pretty bad as well. For a smaller airport, AUS can have horrendous lines too.

DFW is generally pretty good. Even when the lines are long, they do a great job of getting people through quickly. I think that is the key.

"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3868 times:

Don't forget SEA guys. SEA has just about anybody beat, I'd be willing to bet on that. Evn at average traffic times, not especially busy times, I am pretty sure to wait at least 30 minutes, if not 45 or so.

In contrast, SLC has the BEST security of any major airport I've been through. While the lines occassionally get long, they seem to handle them with ease and just breeze right through it. I mean, in Terminal 2 (DL), the line went past the escalators, across the little elevated walkway and all the way to the skybridge to the parking garage, but it still took less then 15 minutes to get then cleared. Bravo to SLC!  Smile


User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3842 times:

I have also heard that the lines at LAS can be very bad. However, I've been there twice in the past year and haven't had any major problems.

"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineUS AIRWAYS From United States of America, joined May 1999, 432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3813 times:

The at B & C at PHL can be pretty long, especially at rush hour. I've seen the line extend all the way back to the entrance to the parking garage.


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User currently offlineJAXpax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3708 times:

Worst I've ever seen was this Saturday at Washington/National. The line for the center pier extended on either side 2/3 of the way to the next pier. Thankfully they were pulling people out of line to take to the front, however, they were doing so 25 minutes before scheduled departure time. I was in line for an hour, and made it onto my flight 3 minutes before scheduled departure time. No premium/elite line or anything, either.

User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3674 times:

I thought DFW was actually pretty bad. They had shoehorned security equipment into wherever it would fit (this was on an AA flight to LAS, don't know which terminal). Air conditioning didn't seem to work either. The net result was an overcrowded, squashed, stuffy screening area.

LHR T4 can be bad. I almost missed a plane due to public transport disasters, and had to jump half the queue - but even then it took 20 minutes.

Geoff M.

User currently offlineBSU747 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3574 times:

Can't vouch for other airports but on a recent trip stateside I would say that Terminal 1 at LAX was pretty bad at 5am in the morning and 4pm in the evening when I had flights to PHX last month it was 50-100 meters outside the door. (not so bad considering the weather was decent but if it were wet and cold!!!) Also PHX terminal 2 at 7-8am in the morning was pretty bad as well.
OK I know these might have been peak times for travel but it took the best part of an hour to get through the security checkpoint.
The airlines are going to have to clamp down on the carry on luggage that people take on as one of my flights LAX-PHX was not even half full with passengers when all the overhead bins were full, and one woman on a PHX-LAX flight had 2 suitcases, a laptop bag, a handbag and 2 plants as carry on. Can you imagine her at the checkpoint and then having to take her shoes, overcoat and belt off as well.
I tell you some people don't half complain about the security checkpoints and then go well overboard with the carry on items.
If everybody was forced to carry one small bag and one small bag only the security checkpoints would be so much easier to get through.

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User currently offlineNW747-400 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3531 times:

During the late afternoon/evening at MCO, there is a huge line to get to the Southwest/AirTran/Delta terminals (gates 60-12*). At this time, Delta has half a dozen Song flights outbound, as well as a few 763/764 flights outbound to ATL and DFW. Virgin is also in Delta's concourse with 3 747 flights outbound. Not to mention the dozen's of WN and FL flights outbound and DL and DL Connection's other numerous flights. Took me 2 hours this weekend to get through security.

User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2741 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3353 times:

LAX can be very bad, especially in T6. When I took CO from LAX-EWR in January, we waited at least 20 minutes just to get to the initial ID check before they would let us up the escalator, and then another 45 once we got upstairs.

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3831 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3318 times:

Usually flying out of IAD I get the later BA flight (9.35pm) and security is a breeze. One of my flights in the summer I took UA920, left IAD at 6.30pm and the line was the worst I have ever seen! It was filled all the queueing area and then went straight to the door of the terminal then looped the whole length of the departure hall!!!! I was in the line for about half an hour continuously walking at regular walking pace only stopping perhaps for 20% of the time, by my calculations that line was over a mile long!!!

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User currently offlineATLhomeCMH From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 770 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3281 times:

I agree w/ Ssides: ATL is definitely one of the worst. My average wait time in ATL always seems to range from 40-75 mins.

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User currently offlineIowaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3216 times:

LAS was really bad until the opened up more screening lines.

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